An Uber driver in Villa Park, Illinois has been accused of sexually assaulting one of his passengers.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Adnan Nafasat, 46, who drives for UberX, was charged on Wednesday with criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and kidnapping.
The alleged assault took place on July 31.
Nafasat allegedly told the 21-year-old male victim to sit in the front seat because his back seat was dirty. He then repeatedly tried to kiss the victim, police said.
From the Tribune:
The victim tried to push Nafasat away and repeatedly asked to be let out of the car, but Nafasat told the victim he was not going anywhere and that no one knew where he was at the moment, prosecutors said.
Nafasat kept grabbing the victim and trying to kiss him when they were stopped in traffic, then would speed up when the victim tried to leave the car, prosecutors said. Nafasat grabbed the victim's throat so hard the victim thought he would pass out, they said.
Nafasat eventually drove the victim to his desired destination, cops said.
“Our thoughts are with the victim of this horrible incident," Uber Spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin said in a statement sent to The Huffington Post. "We immediately removed the driver from our platform upon learning of the allegations and have been assisting authorities with the investigation.”
Uber said it reached out to Chicago Police as soon as the company found out about the incident.
This is the second time in three weeks that an Uber driver has been charged with sexual assault.
Maxime Fohounhedo was charged late last month when, police said, he attacked a 21-year-old woman after picking her up from a Chicago bar.
Uber said Fohounhedo was not authorized to drive for Uber and that he used an account created under his wife's name.
On Dec. 17, a Boston Uber driver was accused of raping a female passenger in the backseat of his car.
"This is a despicable crime," Kaitlin Durkosh, spokesperson for Uber, said at the time. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim during her recovery. Uber has been working closely with law enforcement and will continue to do everything we can to assist their investigation."